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The Wait for Zofran Ruling Continues

For numerous years now, the makers of Zofran, an anti-nausea drug often prescribed to pregnant women, have been fighting several lawsuits. Currently, more than 45 lawsuits have been filed in Federal Courts throughout the U.S. Many families have come forward claiming that GlaxoSmithKline's drug led to the development of serious birth defects.

As of now, the major drug maker still denies these claims and states that there is no real scientific evidence to back them up. This is in despite of the fact that several studies have come out showing a strong potential for Zofran being connected to birth defects.

What Is Zofran?

While Zofran is a valid anti-nausea drug, it has not been approved for treating morning sickness in pregnant women. Even without this approval, treatment of morning sickness was one of the most popular uses of Zofran. Countless doctors have prescribed the drug for this "off label" use over the years. It hasn't been thoroughly tested to determine if it is ok for women to take during pregnancy, yet many doctors in the past still suggested excepting mothers take the drug for nausea.

According to many of the lawsuits, victims allege that Zofran:

  • Is inherently defective in its design
  • Was not adequately tested for this "off label" use
  • Is actually dangerous for humans
  • Was improperly marketed by the maker
  • Did not have sufficient warning labels

The lawsuits haven't just been brought by families suffering the damages and trauma of a birth injury either. In fact, the U.S. Justice Department ordered GlaxoSmithKline to pay $3 billion for fraud allegations and a failure to report safety data after they plead guilty to their offenses.

Outcome of the Litigation Still Remains Murky

While both sides claim to have compelling evidence, the impending outcome of the litigation still remains difficult to determine. Even still, more and more lawsuits against GlaxoSmithKline continue to surface, with a Missouri family recently claiming the drug caused their boy's cleft lip.

As of now, the lawsuits still have the potential for being consolidated if the court determines they are similar enough. If this happens, it may take longer for this process to be completed, but a more definitive ruling may be brought about faster than in numerous trials.

Did You or a Loved Take Zofran?

If so, there may be time for you to pursue a lawsuit before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation makes their decision on the existing lawsuits against GlaxoSmithKline. The Law Office of Scott Righthand, P.C. is here to guide you through this time. When you come to our firm, we ensure your legal rights and best interests are carefully shielded.

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